Ice Cube is one of the most intelligent men in Hollywood. Sure, he doesn't have blockbuster after blockbuster, but all of his movies, filmed on paltry budgets, make approximately $50 million each, and he whips out two or three of them a year. Most of the movies are usually pretty good, too.
"Barbershop" is his latest hit, and he finally was given the reception he deserves from critics. The movie went on to make lots of money and receive good reviews, and here's one more to add to the pile...
"Barbershop" tells the story of a barbershop owner in a black neighborhood that is facing a financial crisis. His shop supports nearly ten barbers, but he's running out of money and has aspirations of doing something more. So, he does what any sensible human being would do and sells his place to a loan shark. Unfortunately, the loan shark has other things in mind for the place (a gentlemen's club), and so he'll have to buy the shop back in some way or another. Oh, and there's something about a stolen ATM...
"Barbershop" is smartly crafted, well-acted, and constantly funny. Graced with supporting actors like Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony Anderson (the chubby fat black guy that shows up in tons of films) and Sean Patrick Thomas, the movie has no problem drawing laughs from a variety of audiences.
Fans of Ice Cube should not miss "Barbershop," and people that haven't experienced him yet should try it out as well. Don't be frightened by the all-black cast (let's face it; there are plenty of people that are prejudiced against movies aimed at black audiences); it's a well-written and entertaining comedy with heart.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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